Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Su Pollard never fails to entertain, if not just
because of her wacky glasses and gormless voice.
But there has never been a busier person on the
stage - her footwork could give Michael Flatley a
run for his money - as she constantly gets the
Churchill audience involved and frolicks around
like a youngster. As a sprightly Dick
Whittington, Pollard engrosses throughout with
her manic enthusiasm.
Terrence Hardiman has just the right amount of
cunning and nastiness as King Rat and revels in
the role, as does Tudor Davies (Dame Fitzwarren),
who keeps the adults on their toes with quickfire
However, the kids are more concerned with the
feline capers of Nigel Garton as Tom the Cat. His
graceful movements are a delight, but he does
play with his tail rather too much.
As seems the norm for panto these days, a TV
Gladiator is on the bill and here it is Scorpio
(Nikki Diamond), who confidently uses her
considerable frame as Spirit of the Bells.
Impressive lighting (Chris Nicholls) and sound
(Martyn Davies), along with super dancing from
the Debbie Fyffe Babes (choreography by Warren
Carlyle), make this E&B co-production a real